Jimmy Anderson hit back at comments from former captain Michael Vaughan that England need to develop a new test squad without the veteran fast pitcher.
After Australia knocked down England in the first three test matches to win the Ashes series, Vaughan offered to drop Anderson to form a new squad, based on players like Olly Stone and Saqib Mahmood who have more than success.
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Calling Anderson’s future with England ‘the elephant in the room’, he suggested removing the 39-year-old after a successful 19-year testing career.
“Managing Jimmy’s retirement is going to be key to the future of this team. His future is the big elephant in the room,” Vaughan wrote in The telegraph.
“England can’t go forward and be a world force with Anderson at the helm. I love watching Jimmy bowling. He’s a poet with the ball in hand. He could still be the best bowler. England for two more years. “
But Anderson has now responded himself by The telegraph, strongly rejecting any suggestion that he would step down as representative once the tour of Australia is over.
“I read that my future was the elephant in the room according to Michael Vaughan’s Telegraph column this week,” Anderson wrote.
“It’s not the elephant in the room because the captain and the coach know exactly what I’m thinking about it.
“They also shared their thoughts with me. They want me to stick around and keep going. As long as I do, it’s not an elephant in any room. We talk about it openly.
“It always happens when you are heavily beaten in an Ashes streak. The ECB will be looking at everyone’s performance throughout the tour.
“In that regard, no one is sure of his future, whether it be the captain, the coach, the top six batsmen or the bowling offense. Everyone is under surveillance.”
Anderson is the third-largest box-taker in Test history with 640 to his name.
The fifth and final test match begins in Hobart on Friday.
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